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Posted: Feb 2, 2014

Metallic Nanocomposite Films for NEMS Applications

Description Most structural components in nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) are synthesized from single crystal or polycrystalline silicon, carbide, nitride, or diamond films, with silicon being by far the most widely used.......


Posted: Feb 2, 2014

A New Experimental Technique in Measuring Contributions of Individual Components to Wear-Corrosion Synergism

Description The damage to materials caused by corrosive wear is a complicated surface failure process that involves both the wear-accelerated corrosion and corrosion-accelerated mechanical failure. This synergistic attack that plagues......


Posted: Feb 2, 2014

Predictive marker for taxane responsiveness of cancer patients

Description University of Alberta researchers have identified a predictive marker to screen patients that are being considered for taxane-based chemotherapy. Elevated levels of this protein marker correlate with increased breast......


Posted: Jan 30, 2014

Development of Oils with High Punicic Acid Content

Description Pomegranate (Punica granatum) seed oil has been attracting increased interest since it was shown that its main component punicic acid may provide a novel alternative therapeutic strategy for the......


Posted: Jan 20, 2014

Automated, objective feature selection for chemometric modeling

Description Modern analytical techniques, including gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), infra red spectroscopy (IR) and two-dimensional gas chromatography (GCxGC), can provide an abundance of detailed data pertaining to the nature of......


Posted: Jan 17, 2014

What’s in the Box?™

Description In an effort to determine how “engineering types” learn, over 120 students of a University of Alberta materials engineering class were surveyed, and the majority classified themselves as visual......


Posted: Jan 15, 2014

Real-Time Thermoacoustic Ultrasound Sensor

Description Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed a miniature thermoacoustic sensor capable of mesauring ultrasound intensity via direct coupling to a transducer. Designed to complement traditional ultrasound calibration......


Posted: Jan 13, 2014

Thin Film for Improved Flat Panel Display Performance

Description In many flat panel displays, each pixel is addressed by a voltage applied between two parallel electrodes, and depending on the type of display, one or both of the......


Posted: Jan 12, 2014

Concha Electrode

Description The measurement of both auditory brainstem response (ABR) and cochlear microphonic (CM) response is important in the assessment of hearing disorders. ABR represents the status of the neural components......


Posted: Jan 2, 2014

Magnesium Thin Films for Hydrogen Storage

Description With concerns about energy inefficiency and global warming from greenhouse gases, much research effort has been devoted to assessing magnesium hydride (MgH2) as a form of hydrogen storage for......